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Using a pedometer or step counter is an easy way to track your
activity. It allows you to count your steps instead of measuring the number of
minutes you walk. A pedometer allows you to add up all the steps you take
throughout the day and to find creative ways to add more to burn more calories.
It can also motivate you. A quick check may show that you need more steps for
the day. It can also push you to set new goals to take more steps.
There are two main types of pedometers:
The simplest ones just count your
steps. Some convert steps into miles. Many have extra features such as clocks, alarms, memory, and calories used. Be wary of calorie readings and distance calculators, though. They
are not always accurate.
can buy them at most sporting goods stores or on the Internet. Look for one
that is easy to read and comes with a clip or safety strap to attach to your
waistband or belt.
Make sure that it is comfortable if placed next to your skin.
When you are ready to start, read the instructions for setting your
pedometer. The following tips may help.
Other Works Consulted
Tyo BM, et al. (2011). Effects of body mass index and step rate on pedometer error in a free-living environment. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 43(2): 350–356.
Current as of:
March 19, 2013
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
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